City Mouse Blog

The personal blog of Miranda Erokan.

Fall Vibes

i'm finally getting back on the ol' blogging horse and to tell you the truth, i've been meaning to write up this exact post for almost a month now. there's something oddly daunting about starting a project up again after quite a long time, even if it's something super enjoyable like working on this blog. i've been having a similarly hard time getting back into knitting, which is truly one of my favorite ways to spend down time. i guess it's just difficult to start something up again when you're out of practice.

anyway, i wanted to share some photos from my favorite weekend of this past fall season. it's about time, since it's starting to feel dangerously like winter in New York... so about a month ago, Nate and i went camping a couple hours north of the city. on our way up there, we stopped at Storm King Art Center and spent the morning looking at extremely cool giant outdoor sculptures. it was a perfect weekend full of beautiful fall colors, art, and s'mores, and only encouraged my irrational fantasy of dropping everything and moving to a cabin in the woods.

xo, miranda

Renegade Craft Fair

the Renegade Craft Fair came to Brooklyn! it was just as delightful as I'd always hoped, although maybe slightly more crowded than I'd pictured. there are so many talented and creative people in this town and I love supporting them in any way I can. it was located in Downtown Brooklyn in the Williamsburgh Savings Bank... some of the sellers were set up inside a vault! super cool. there were multiple floors full of everything from handmade toys, to jewelery, to leather goods, to adorable stationery. the Winter Craft Fair was lovely and cozy and full of great gift ideas, and I'm already excited to see what the Summer Renegade has in store.

this picture is blurry because i got too shy to focus the shot at the last minute. BUT LOOK AT THAT SETUP, SO COOL.

xo, miranda

My New Yorkiversary

this blog was merely a twinkle in my eye (a strange phrase my parents use to describe the time right before each of their children were born) when I had my one year New York Anniversary in July, so I've decided to do a little "Throwback Thursday" post to commemorate that wonderful day. living in New York is really important to me. it's something I'd wanted to do from maybe age eight, when I first set foot in Manhattan, and while my original vision of life here has changed (in it, I would go to NYU, live in the West Village, and be on Broadway or a photographer for Rolling Stone...), moving out here was the best decision I've ever made. Nate, being the thoughtful and wonderful boyfriend he is, knows this, and made my one year anniversary in New York a very special one. we had lunch at Artichoke, we went to the top of the Empire State building (insanely touristy, but well worth it on a clear day) and the NY Public Library, we ate dinner at a secret burger joint hidden in Le Parker Meridien Hotel, and finished the night off with a show at The Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre (that part wasn't abnormal for us, but a New York day wouldn't be complete without a UCB show). I feel very lucky to get the opportunity to live here. it isn't always the easiest place to live... the subway smells terrible, I'm constantly in a rush, there are SO. MANY. PEOPLE. ...but more often than not, I'm reminded why it is truly the most magical place I've ever been, and I couldn't see myself living anywhere else right now. 

xo, miranda

Autumn Day Trip

Nate and I rented a ZipCar and took a drive a couple hours north of the city over the weekend. as a California native, I had never quite experienced FALL until I moved to New York. it is pretty incredible and the colors just blow my mind every time. first, we drove to the cute little HAMLET of Croton Falls to sample pie at Salinger's Orchard Market. then we spent a couple hours walking around Beacon, NY (I have to go back earlier in the day so I can check out the modern art museum Dia:Beacon when it's open) and finally Cold Spring, where we browsed a bunch of specialty stores and antique shops and enjoyed a very different side of the Hudson River than what we're used to on the west side of Manhattan. we got stuck in traffic on the way back, but I didn't mind, because I (as passenger seat DJ) got to introduce Nate to Rufus Wainwright, which I've been wanting to do for a long time. success! it was such a fun trip and it's so nice to get out of the city every once in a while.

apples!

this awesome dude was making custom christmas ornaments right before our eyes at Hudson Beach Glass in Beacon, NY

Nate in a tunnel.

xo, miranda

The Met

Nate and i took a drawing class at the Met last weekend! i don't really think of myself as an artist... at all. so i was kind of nervous going into this, especially because i know Nate is naturally great at drawing. plus the class was only made up of four students, so it seemed like the pressure would be on. but our teacher was wonderful and encouraging and by the end, i really was proud of what i'd done, if you can believe it! she kept coming around to each of us with more ideas of how we could make our sketches better, and they really kept improving. i was amazed. check out Adrienne Hecker at The Art Studio NY if you have any interest in taking a class! i highly recommend it as something cool and different to do with your weekend afternoon.

our tools

the class

our finished products!

xo, miranda